Three through to Slalom semis in Augsburg

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AUGSBURG, GERMANY – Three members of Canada’s Canoe Slalom Team have advanced to semi-finals after clearing preliminary heats at the fifth and final ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Augsburg, Germany.

Ben Hayward of Edmonton, AB advanced in Men’s K1 with a 26th place finish in the heats. Hayward’s top results this season have been seventh and ninth place finishes in the final. He missed making the final last week but will shoot for a return to the top-ten tomorrow.

Cameron Smedley of Dunrobin, ON was 25th in heats of Men’s C1. He has not been in the World Cup final yet this year but and will attempt to get through tomorrow as he has done in previous years.

Ottawa’s Alexandra McGee is also through to semi-finals after an eighteenth place finish in heats of Women’s C1. This is McGee’s second World Cup of the season and she placed 17th two weeks ago in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain.

David Ford of Edmonton and Michael Tayler of Ottawa also competed in the Men’s K1 heats. Ford finished 51st while Tayler was 58th.

In Women’s K1, Jessica Groeneveld of Innisfail, AB ranked 42nd. Jazmyne Denhollander of Chilliwack, BC wound up in 46th and Ottawa’s Thea Froehlich followed in 47th.

World Cup 5 continues tomorrow and Sunday. Semi-finals and finals for all Canada competitors take place on Saturday.

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Ben Hayward (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 26th in heat (99.30)Advanced to semis
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 25th in heat (106.86)Advanced to semis
Alexandra McGee (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 18th in heats (140.11)Advanced to semis
David Ford (Edmonton, AB) Men’s K1 51st in heats (103.65)
Michael Tayler (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 58th in heats (105.38)
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) Women’s K1 42nd in heats (120.79)
Jazmyne Denhollander (Chilliwack, BC) Women’s K1 46th in heats (124.03)
Thea Froehlich (Ottawa, ON) Women’s K1 47th in heats (124.99)

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